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Analysis of the Growing Population of AAPI Latinos: Insights from UCLA Researchers

The number of people of both Latino and Asian American or Pacific Islander heritage has significantly increased over the past two decades, according to researchers at UCLA. Despite this growth, this demographic group, known as “AAPI Latinos,” is often overlooked.

A recent analysis by the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute revealed that the population of individuals who identify as both Latino and Asian American or Pacific Islander has more than doubled from 350,000 to 886,000 in the last 20 years. This demographic includes individuals who specify Asian race when identifying their ethnicity as Latino.

This increase in mixed-race Asians and Latinos reflects a growing trend that has historical roots in the interactions between Latino and Asian communities in the U.S. For example, Chinese immigrants settling on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border and intermarriages between Punjabi and Mexican farmworkers in the early 1900s.

The majority of Asian or Pacific Islander Latinos are either Asian immigrants from Latin America or American-born citizens with mixed heritage. California is home to a third of Asian Latino Americans, with Texas and Hawaii following as the next highest populations.

Individuals who identify as AAPI Latinos often face challenges in navigating their dual identity. From feeling invisible within their communities to struggling with cultural representation, many AAPI Latinos have shared their experiences of not feeling fully accepted in either culture.

Despite these challenges, AAPI Latinos are making strides in educational attainment and homeownership. However, there is still a need for greater recognition and understanding of the diverse experiences within this growing demographic group.

The research team at UCLA aims to shed more light on the unique needs and identities of AAPI Latinos to ensure they are included in important conversations and resources. By sharing their stories and experiences, AAPI Latinos hope to foster a greater sense of community and acceptance for future generations.

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